Faced with the ongoing civil war in Syria, the natural disaster in the Philippines and a spreading civil conflict in the Central African Republic, the U.N. humanitarian agencies are confronting a near perfect storm of political and natural disasters. Add the continuing needs from earlier trouble spots such as South Sudan, Somalia and Haiti and the system and donor states are facing a near overload.
One of the most underrated aspects of Myanmar's transition has been its Parliament, dismissed early on by critics as a rubber stamp because 25 percent of its seats are reserved for military personnel.
The world's trade structure has changed dramatically over the last decade, with China having replaced the United States last year as the biggest trading nation.
It is imperative to speed up efforts to contain contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Even as much of Asia looks skyward — with perhaps a mix of admiration and trepidation, as well as fear and pride — to the latest success of mainland China's 20-year-old, multibillion-dollar space program, much more needs to be done here on Earth to bring business growth to some of the highest parts of Asia and the Pacific, a region which is still home to the vast majority of the world's poor.
Last Sunday, South Korea announced its decision to extend its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea in response to China's similar move on Nov. 23, completing the circle of Northeast Asian countries with ADIZs in the East China Sea.
- Joe Hung
These words are likely to appear in print on Sunday, Dec. 15. As I write them, however, I find myself undeniably stuck in Friday, Dec. 13. Late Friday morning, to be exact. My campus bell to mark the end of the third period will ring at any minute now. It is nearly 11 o'clock.
North Korea's official source of information and incendiary insults, the Korean Central News Agency, announced on Friday that the regime had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un.
While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there's an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably, students in the United States don't rate terribly well against their global peers, especially those in East Asia. But wait, there's more to the story.
2013/12/14, 2 Comments
In the span of 12 days, four journalists in four provinces were attacked by unidentified gunmen. Three of them died, and one was seriously injured. If this murderous spree does not set alarm bells ringing in the corridors of Malacanang, perhaps there aren't any alarm bells in place?